PUMP is an incredible 4-day mission experience in Palmer, Texas. Over 200 adults and youth gathered this past weekend for worship, service, and lots of fun! They completed ramps, porches, painting, scraping, and served in ministry with dozens of families in the Palmer/Ennis area. Youth in grades 4th-12th are eligible to participate in PUMP each year and come from all over the conference. This year youth came from Western Hills UMC, Brownwood, Palmer, Meridian, Early, and beyond to serve the people in Palmer.
PUMP is in its 7th year of service and has grown from just 30 participants to over 200. Participants pay $90 for supplies, lodging, food, and fun. This year PUMP began on Thursday evening, June 21st. Groups began working on their sites on Friday morning. By lunchtime when I visited the sites folks were already hard at work. I was astonished at the amount of work the leaders thought could be accomplished by youth in just 2 work days.
On Sunday morning I was able to go back to Palmer to experience closing worship with PUMP participants. The slideshow indicated that the projects I viewed on Friday were all completed! Porches rebuilt, ramps secured, and perfect paint jobs were done in just two days. It was incredible to see the amount of work put into the homes.
Closing worship was beautiful, high energy, moving, and loud! My little boy and I loved sharing in worship, hearing stories, and seeing homeowners sit alongside teams. I am thrilled to have witnessed the incredible ministry happening in Palmer. Thank you especially to Debbi Mitchell, the director of PUMP, and Greg Penny for answering questions, showing us around, and serving God, youth, and our neighbors.